Hezbollah launches UAVs to attack Israeli bases

Hezbollah launched a UAV at a base in northern Israel in response after Tel Aviv airstrikes took out the force’s special forces commander.

“Many UAVs were launched against the enemy’s northern command center in the city of Safed,” the Hezbollah force in Lebanon said today. The move was in response to the killing of Wissam al-Tawil, deputy commander of Hezbollah’s elite Radwan force, on January 8, and deputy leader of Hamas Saleh al-Arouri, on January 2.

Hezbollah Deputy Leader Naim Qassem said that if Israel wants to expand hostilities, the group will take strong countermeasures to deter it.

Israeli media said UAV attack sirens sounded in Safed and the neighboring Galilee region.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that a UAV launched from Lebanon crashed into the Northern Command Headquarters in Safed but caused no casualties. The IDF added that it also launched missiles to intercept a number of “air targets” from Lebanon into Israeli airspace.

Wissam al-Tawil was among the highest-ranking Hezbollah commanders killed during three months of conflict that broke out in the Gaza Strip and the Israel-Lebanon border. An unnamed official said that al-Tawil was leading in managing Hezbollah’s operations in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah forces in Lebanon regularly attack Israeli territory with missiles and drones after the conflict in the Gaza Strip broke out on October 7 last year. Hezbollah wants to show support for Hamas forces, an ally in the “axis of resistance” against Israel led by Iran in the Middle East.